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From 'One Tough Nerd' to Embattled Governor — GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-Rick Snyder, the governor of Michigan, is about to hold a town hall here, but I can't take my eyes off the left side of the stage, where a curious contraption sits. It's an inscrutable piece of machinery about three feet tall, with four jutting steel arms and a yellow smiley face affixed to the front.

Charlie Crist's Fan: A Love Story — Was the fan Crist's secret strength, his unfair advantage? Is that why his opponents wanted so badly to take it away from him? Perhaps it served a greater purpose than simply keeping the trim, tanned, never-a-hair-out-of-place politician from perspiring in the Florida heat. Perhaps it gave him a psychological edge-the familiar, friendly buzz, the caressing breeze.

Charlie Crist's Fan: A Love Story — When Crist was a young Florida Republican rising star, the fan was there. When Crist became governor, the fan came with him. When Crist was cast out of politics and his party-when he became an independent and then a Democrat-when he lost his allies, his friends, his donors, his career-when he embarked on his comeback, determined to show the voters he was a new man but also, deep down, just the same: The fan was there.

Did Republicans Blow the Michigan Senate Race? — Though Peters, a self-described centrist who is pro-business and socially liberal, has campaigned tirelessly, even top Democrats do not attribute his lead to his political skills. "A better Republican candidate could have won that race," John Dingell, the longtime Detroit congressman, told me.

Did Republicans Blow the Michigan Senate Race? — FERNDALE, Mich.-There's an easy way to get Democratic candidates to squirm these days: Ask them whether they think the president's doing a good job. Last week, I put the question to Gary Peters, the doughy 55-year-old congressman seeking to succeed Carl Levin in the Senate. "Uh, on what particular issue?"

The Mystery Candidate Shaking Up Kansas Politics — "There are two extremes: People either hate him or they don't know him," says Kobach's opponent, Jean Schodorf-a former moderate Republican state senator who switched parties after she was forced out of office in 2010. In 2011, Schodorf voted for Kobach's changes based on his assurances that it would still be easy for legitimate voters to register; she feels she was betrayed.

The Mystery Candidate Shaking Up Kansas Politics — WICHITA, Kan.-In 2000, a wealthy Kansas businessman named Greg Orman decided to write a book. It was going to be called Good Politics Is Bad Policy, and it would explain the distressing phenomenon he perceived-the misalignment of politicians' incentives with the country's needs.

Does Hillary Clinton Have Anything to Say? — Clinton made a much-ballyhooed appearance in Iowa over the weekend, giving a speech widely noted for its substancelessness. She "had no explicit message of her own," Politico noted, while The Economist pronounced it "underwhelming."

The Making of a Conservative Superstar — Tom Cotton was born in 1977 in Dardanelle, Arkansas, population less than 4,000, where his family had lived for seven generations and his parents tended a cattle farm. His father also worked for the local health department, and his mother was a schoolteacher. From an early age, it was clear that Tom was an unusual boy.

The Midterm Electorate Is Anxious and Unsettled — Other supposedly raging national issues played little role in the discussion. Immigration did not come up at all in Little Rock and was only mentioned briefly in Des Moines, where two of the women worried about finding a compassionate way to deal with the children on the border and the undocumented around the country.
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Oct 17, 2014

RT @pollreport: MASSACHUSETTS Governor: Martha Coakley (D) 41% / Charlie Baker (R) 41% / Other, unsure 18% (Boston Globe/SocialSphere, LV, 10/12-14)

Oct 17, 2014

RT @nickconfessore: No offense to either party, but National Review on Lena Dunham might be the most overdetermined essay in the history of letters.

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